Luella Hawkins


Craig resident Luella Hawkins died Jan. 24, 2003. She was 91.

Hawkins was born Aug. 18, 1911, to Ernest and Aluie Butts at the family homestead in the Danforth Hills. She was the third of four children.

She attended school at the Saddle Mountain School, which was a 3-mile walk from their home. She and her older brothers and younger sister carried their lunch and water to school in buckets.

Hawkins continued her education in Maybell through the tenth grade.

She married Earl LaBranch on Oct. 20, 1932, and to that union, her only child, Marie, was born. They lived in Maybell from 1937 to 1941, at which time they moved to Craig where Hawkins worked as a clerk in grocery stores for a time. Before that, she cooked for ranches in the area, helped her brother, Jess, run the Meeker Hotel and was a mail carrier for several years on the Jackrabbit route north of Lay.

She loved good music and dancing and was always happy to help care for others when she was needed.

In 1945, Hawkins went to work for Mountain Bell in the Craig office where she worked for 21 years before retiring in 1966. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

After retirement, she moved to Denver to care for her grandson, Michael, while her daughter attended college. From Denver, she came back to work at Juniper Hot Springs with her sister, Stella Craig.

On Feb. 15, 1973, she married Hollis Hawkins. Their home was in Sunbeam. She continued working at Juniper Springs until 1990, when she moved back into Craig to live.

In 1991, Hawkins and her sister purchased their home on Crest Drive, where she lived until her death.

Hawkins is survived by her daughter, Marie Solace; grandson, Michael (Crynn) Solace; great-grandchildren, Mathew, Mark and Morgan; sister, Stella Craig; niece, Della (Ron) Ruth Smith; nephews, Francis Floyd (Sharon) Butts and Charles Butts; seven great nieces and nephews; 13 great-great nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to mention.

Services were Jan. 30, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Mervin Johnson officiating. Organist was Elaine DeuPree and soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were "Whispering Hope" and "Beyond the Sunset."

Pallbearers were Michael Solace, Charles Smith, David Reyher, Francis Butts, Gene "Butch" Nelson and Perry Baldwin.

Honorary pallbearers were all Hawkins' many friends.

Interment followed at Craig Cemetery.

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